CHESS - A CLASSIC GAME
This version of Computer CHESS doesn't
claim to be the ultimate challenge for World
Masters... it is, however, a medium level
game, a considerable challenge for those of
us that play chess for fun, or those that wish
to improve their chess game. It is not
designed to teach chess.
There are eight SKILL LEVELS, levels 1-7
getting increasingly difficult, whilst level 8 is
the beginners level. As each level gets
harder, the longer the computer MAY take to
make its move - Level 8 is approximately 15
seconds maximum, Level 1 30 seconds
through to Level 7, which may be up to 10
hours (Just like a Grand Chess Masters
Tournament!). You play one colour, the
computer plays the other.
1. Set up your Atari Personal Computer
system as detailed in the relevant booklets
that accompany your Atari products.
2. Ensure that your computer is switched
OFF, but your Program/Data Recorder and
TV/monitor are switched ON. Increase the
volume on your TV/monitor so that you can
3. Remove any cartridges that may be in
the computer's cartridge slot.
4. Plug your joystick controller into con-
troller port No. 1 on your computer.
5. Insert 'Chess' cassette into Program/
data recorder and rewind to beginning of
tape. Press PLAY on the Program/Data
6. Switch the computer ON, WHILST
HOLDING DOWN BOTH THE START KEY
AND THE OPTION KEY on the computer.
7. You will hear a short tone. Release the
START and OPTION keys, then press the
RETURN key on the computer keyboard.
8. The 'Chess' program will now load into
the computer memory.
Press the OPTION key and the pieces switch
ends of the board. Your colour pieces are at
the bottom of the board. White pieces always
make the first move.
Press the SELECT key to alter the skill level
you are playing at.
Press the START key and the game begins.
A blue square (the cursor) appears upon the
screen when it is your move. Use the joystick
controller to place the cursor on the piece
you wish to move. Press the joystick button,
and your chosen piece will flash. Using the
joystick, you may now move the piece to any
square, providing the move is legal. To put
the piece down, press the joystick button
again. The computer then thinks about what
you have done and makes its move. When
complete, the cursor reappears, and you
make your next move.
Pressing the S key will allow you to set the
board up in a particular situation or problem.
Move the cursor to the square where you
wish to place a particular piece. Each time
you press the joystick button the computer
displays a different piece on that square,
starting with the computer's king and cycling
through until the players pawn. When the
piece you require is displayed, simply move
the cursor to the next square on which you
require a piece, and repeat the steps. When
the board is set up and you wish to play,
press the space bar to begin. You must
always make the first move.